Wednesday, January 27, 2010

It Required a Hunt! The Play Date Cafe Challenge


This has been a rather bold and bright week at The Open Window.
Lots of vibrant colors inspired by so many things.


Recognize any of this yet?  Yep, more of the new
'Mariposa' Collection from DCWV.
But I am happy to say that I managed a little BOO on this project.
Don't know what BOO is?  Click here to find out!

Before I go any further, here's an explanation for all the color...




This week's challenge is just that...A CHALLENGE!
All the designers said so...including our fabulous  
design team host, Sarah.
But there IS a story to go with these colors, so make sure you hit
The Cafe to read the inspiration behind this challenge.

So what did I come up with?


Here are the details...
The birdcage and collage-element paper are from DCWV 
Prima flowers centered with fabric brads
from My Mind's Eye (thank you, Sarah) and Melody Ross' Artsy Urban for GCD Studios.
The orange panel was stamped with a beautiful butterfly from  
Elusive Images (again, thank you Sarah)
and the BOO on this card IS that orange panel.
Get this...I wanted just the perfect shade of orange and I literally (yes, really) looked for over an hour through every last orange 'thing' in my stash and then...  
I found it! 
 A brand, new blank mini scrapbook still in the package.  It was a freebie that came with an issue of Simply Scrapbooks
(now out of print).
Yes, it required that I cut it apart, but I was thrilled to find it!

Thank you dear Sarah...not only for the goodies used that were
sweet gifts from you,
but for dragging me out of my comfort zone with  
one terrific challenge!   : )

26 comments:

stampinmoments.com said...

I love these colours together, they look fabulous! Your flowers are simply gorgeous. Thanks for stopping by, I'm so glad you lead me here!
Andrea

Cora said...

Hi Julie, Thanks for stopping by. Your cards, as always, are beautiful! I like your style and color choices.

Helen Royce said...

Such a lovely card!Fabulous flowers!

Helen said...

I have some of those big flowers but not in the right colours for this challenge! This is just beautiful. Shall have to get my thinking cap on that's for sure...

angelwhispers said...

Thanks for your comment Julie xxx My new years resolution was to join in with the challenges and this looks just up my street x

Jane Wetzel said...

I have this dp and you are such a great inspiration! thanks! this is just AWESOME!

Maggi said...

I just love all of these colors together! Fabulous stitching!

Amy Johnson said...

I bought this paper in every size, plus the coordinating color card stock, because I fell in love with it! Its so beautiful! But I have yet to use it because I don't have a clue on what to do with it. I never thought of using the images in the paper itself! Thanks for the inspiration! Your card is beautiful!

Quirky said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog :) Love your card! The flowers are fabulous!! :D

lisa said...

Hi Julie.

I'm so glad you stopped by my blog, I just love finding new buddies who create wonderful creations like yours. I'm so glad I found Sarah, she is so inspiring and is sending me off in a whole new crafty direction and now I've found you too! I love those layered flowers, I shall definitely be trying out those and I can see your a fellow Heidi Grace fan. We find her designs harder to find over here but I have some of her stamps and they are among my favourites!
I shall be a frequent visitor from now on.

Lisax

jacksjunk said...

Fabulously bold - I love it

Meghana said...

I love how the cage almost looks like its popping out of the card. Gorgeous effect with the flowers, and I love the stitching. You've inspired me to get my sewing machine out!!

Charlene said...

An awesome take on this challenge!! Perfect..and I'm so glad I'm not the only obsessive compulsive paper/embellie hunter.

Kimberly's Krafts said...

This card is fab and gorgeous!! :) I love your use of colors and those flowers!! And your stitching rocks! I got a sewing machine for Christmas and have yet to thread it! OMG! :)
Wish you could come show me how to do it!! lol! I am dying to use it!! Your card is sooo fab Julie!

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Mona L. Pendleton said...

Absolutely stunning Julie! You really rocked this challenge! I am just blown away with this card! So bright & cheerful! :) TFS

Linda K. said...

This is very cute. Gets me excited for spring. I've been missing out much here on your blog. Have to catch up. Thanks Julie for always stopping by and leaving heartfelt comments.
{{hugs}}
Linda

Linda K. said...

Now I am following, finally! :-)

Michele said...

Gorgeous card - love the big flowers!

Kathy W said...

These colors are a wonderful breath of spring. I love the birdcage and the paper inside. I also like the stitching on the card (one of my new favorite things to do to cards). Thanks for sharing!

Nancy Maxwell James said...

what a gorgeous card! I love the playful colors and awesome design! :)
thanks for the kind words on my blog and encouragement on the house...day #3 of pulling up carpet...I am sipping coffee and trying to catch up on blogs before we head over there again...although my body hurts so much I think DH will let me do some wallpaper tear down duty today! :)

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Anne Jagger said...

What a fablous way to use all the colours this week - it's really great x

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Thank you for your sweet comments!
I am loving this color combo! It makes me think of Spring which sounds so lovely right now since we have snow and ice.
I love "BOO"! That is too cute! I am writing that down. I think I need to make collage to hang in my craft room that says that so I will be reminded to reach for the old and not the new.
Hope you had a lovely weekend, Lindsey

penny4thoughts said...

Beautiful piece, Julie - those colors are so vibrant! I love the layered flowers too - just wonderful!!

The Stamp Man said...

Wow, amazing card Julie, I love all the colours, so bright and warm, a happy card:)

Thanks for all the comments you leave me. I've been behind with visiting so catching up on what you've been up to, great stuff as usual!

Jill x

beedeebabee♥ said...

Gosh Julie, all of your creations are so beautiful...and you've been sooo busy creating! I love this one too! Hugs, Paulette xoxo